Monday, April 2, 2012

Protecting Privacy in a TMI World

Leibowitz, John. "Protecting Privacy in a TMI World." The Washington Post, April 1, 2012.

From the opinion: "Over the past decade, as Americans have enthusiastically moved more and more of their lives online — from catching up on the latest NCAA results to buying a car, financing their college education or finding a job — we at the Federal Trade Commission have had to rethink what privacy means: to consider how consumers can continue to enjoy the riches of a thriving, increasingly online and mobile marketplace without surrendering their privacy as the price of admission.

Last week, the FTC, the nation’s premiere privacy protection agency, tackled that question with a report on the state of the right to privacy, what Louis Brandeis, one of the intellectual fathers of the FTC, called “the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.” We detailed what we — in the public and private sectors — must do to make sure consumers’ right to privacy remains robust into the 21st century." Read more

See Also
FTC Issues Final Commission Report on Protecting Consumer Privacy, Federal Trade Commission press release, March 26, 2012.